The Educational Assistance Resources Network (E.A.R.N.) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 with the purpose of providing practical access/opportunities for low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals, who are truly seeking a life change through education.
In 2009, when David Hooser created Franklin Virtual High School, an online modality specializing in high school level education, he knew there was a significant gap in providing a total solution for many of the disadvantaged students attempting to enroll. In 2012, with that vision in mind, he created E.A.R.N. to assist in providing both the financial and other critical support resources necessary to see a student through to completion.
Past adult student recipient groups include single parents, low-income family members, and under-employed/displaced workers. Teen students come from low-income or single parent lead families or are referred by a variety of partner outreach organizations in Arizona like Teen Challenge, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, UMOM, and others. E.A.R.N. assistance recipients have not completed their high school education (traditional or alternative), yet realize that it is essential to stay engaged, or become re-engaged, in this goal to “EARN” a better life for themselves and their families.
Effectively, E.A.R.N. is about “building stronger communities, one life challenged student at a time.” Through E.A.R.N.’s integrated partner program support, individuals become empowered to improve their lives (and/or the lives of their families), through practical access to relevant academic programs. Their challenge is typically an inability to gain realistic program access based on their present life circumstances. Their emphasis, initially, is receiving a high school level credential, to ultimately position themselves for enhanced education or higher income job/career opportunities.
As our mission is to empower individuals to become contributors to, rather than consumers of, their community, our organization’s acronym was carefully chosen, to denote we do not give handouts. Our participants must “EARN” their education credential. If a single mother student can’t consistently get to the classroom, E.A.R.N. programs can be delivered to her home. Enhanced access results in shorter program completion times, therefore realizing increased completion rates. Student qualification is based on student “real-life” circumstance(s), income level, individual desire, aptitude for learning, and ongoing (demonstrated) commitment.
Compassion and desire to help empower students of all demographics – age, gender, race, circumstance, socio-economic levels of life; enabling others to help themselves.
Thirst for self-improvement through knowledge to achieve success.
Implementation of innovation; adapting to change by introducing new methods; accessibility and resources to benefit the students we serve.
Individual, community and industry cooperation for the common good of the students we serve and the vision we hold.
Strive for quality in everything we do, especially in areas of responsiveness, systems effectiveness, and timely program completion.
The Educational Assistance Resources Network (E.A.R.N.) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2012 with the purpose of providing practical education access/opportunities for low-income, or otherwise disadvantaged individuals, seeking a life change through education.
The purpose of our charitable institution is to:
- Raise funds that will provide the basis for educational assistance to qualified students of all ages with limited means that seek an excellent online secondary or trade specific job/skills education program from a credentialed school
- Evaluate the eligibility and qualifications of candidates that seek this our assistance
- Provide guidance and advice to the online secondary or trade specific education services program
- Create a permanent endowment for scholarships and related educational resources needs
- Provide some limited support for specialized programs designed for individuals participating in the online secondary or trade specific school program